Yuki Tsunoda took victory in the Silverstone sprint race after Prema teammates Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman collided in the closing laps.
Shwartzman and Schumacher started from the front row of the reverse grid and rapidly pulled away from the rest of the field at the start. After the first few laps they were already two seconds clear of Tsunoda in third, while only half a second separated the two Premas themselves.
Schumacher made a move on Shwartzman into Brooklands on lap 5, but ran wide and dropped a second to his teammate. However the German made the time back up as Shwartzman started struggling with rear tyre grip, and by lap 10 was back in DRS range of his teammate.
After chipping away at the gap despite his own tyres losing grip, Schumacher closed to a few tenths of Shwartzman on lap 19 and tried another overtake at Brooklands. But after getting partially ahead on the outside, Schumacher turned in too early and clipped Shwartzman’s front wing, allowing Tsunoda through into the lead as a result.
Schumacher was able to continue and took second place behind Tsunoda, albeit a long way adrift. Shwartzman initially stayed out on track in third despite the damage to his front wing, but on the penultimate lap he was caught by a pack led by Jack Aitken. Shwartzman was prompted swamped by the cars behind and dropped down to 13th by the chequered flag.
The stewards investigated the Prema collision, but ultimately deemed it a racing incident.
Aitken came through in third for his second consecutive podium of the weekend. Louis Deletraz finished fourth ahead of Guanyu Zhou, Callum Ilott, Dan Ticktum and Nikita Mazepin. Christian Lundgaard had been set to finish among this pack having run with Aitken and Deletraz for most of the race, but suffered a front left tyre blowout on lap 16 that dropped him to the back of the field.
Shwartzman’s finish outside the points caps off another troubled round at Silverstone, as title rival Ilott has extended his new championship lead to 21 points. In the teams’ standings, Ilott’s UNI-Virtuosi team has the same lead over Prema. Find the full F2 drivers’ and teams’ standings here.
Formula 2 returns next weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in support of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.
Full race result:
|2||Mick Schumacher (FL)||Prema Racing||14|
|3||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||10|
|4||Louis Deletraz||Charouz Racing System||8|
|5||Guanyu Zhou||UNI-Virtuosi Racing||6|
|6||Callum Ilott||UNI-Virtuosi Racing||4|
|8||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech Grand Prix||1|
|10||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech Grand Prix|
|11||Artem Markelov||BWT HWA Racelab|
|12||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport|
|13||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Racing|
|14||Marcus Armstrong||ART Grand Prix|
|16||Pedro Piquet||Charouz Racing System|
|18||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport|
|19||Guilherme Samaia||Campos Racing|
|20||Giuliano Alesi||BWT HWA Racelab|
|21||Christian Lundgaard||ART Grand Prix|